Tax Preparation Specialist

Program Overview

The Tax Preparation Specialist technical certificate of credit is designed to provide entry-level skills for tax preparers. Topics include: principles of accounting, tax accounting, business calculators, mathematics, and basic computer skills.

Students may enter the Tax Preparation Specialist certificate program any semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Tax Preparation Specialist certificate program must be able to work in an office environment, work with numbers, solve problems, work with people, multi-task, display a professional appearance, and work with computers.  They should also have a strong work ethic and be responsible, discreet and trustworthy.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)

Salary Potential

$21,000.00 – $23,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $2,262.00
Books & Supplies:  $743.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Tax Preparation Specialist certificate program are prepared for entry-level employment working as tax preparers. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test.  In lieu of the placement test, official scores on the COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • Occupational Courses
  • ACCT1100Financial Accounting I4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ACCT1125Individual Tax Accounting3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • ACCT2120Business Tax Accounting3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXAccounting Elective3 credit hours0 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 16